Sep 28, 2012 11:30pm PDT
a little stronger lately. in part out been buoyed by spending on energy. it seems to me that consumers have become more confident about the future outlook of the economy. >> remember the lines for the new i-phone, many are willing to spend more on phones and. >> what are you going to do, not have a cell phone. >> her cell phone is about $65 more a month than compared to a few years ago. >> once you have a smart phone you never go back. you can take pictures, you can do everything. >> that's a bigger part of household budgets. >> reporter: on the flip side, big ticket items. >> there's been a real pull back in the luxury end of our spending. >> reporter: carol lou. >>> in stay gram keeps getting hotter and hotter, it now has more users than twitter. in stay gram's popularity has skyrocketed. in stay gram was recently purchased by facebook for $741 million. >>> starting this weekend customers can use the app based to ask for rides to and from anywhere until the south bay -- in the south bay. once you download the app you can put in a request for a pickup. it already operates in san francisco.
Sep 25, 2012 11:30pm PDT
to do it with a ton of energy you haven't seen. >> reporter: supporters call elizabeth amken dynamic. the danville mother of three calls herself a problem solver, a fighting. she's fighting to unseat dianne feinstein. >> i think dianne feinstein is absolutely out of touch. she certainly doesn't understand new media and the new online world. >> reporter: the 49-year-old told us her first career was as an ibm analyst. but she quit her job to work for those with autism. she says she is now ready to work for everybody in california. >> when you have the governor of nevada and governor of texas coming to the state and entizing businesses out we're going to have to put together a panel and really work with corporations here in california to convince them to stay. >> reporter: amkin says there's a lot of undecided voters and that her biggest hurdle, many californians don't know who she is. >> my job is to make sure they know i'm an al -- an alternative to dianne feinstein. >> reporter: amkin says she has asked for a debate numerous times but has been denied. >>>-- today's apparent cyber at